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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times, covering topics on culture and politics. Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Jessica graduated from the University of Florida where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in mass communication.

During her time at University of Florida, she worked as an associate editor for The Gainesville Sun and interned at Entercom Communications. In 2011, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

An Elmo character (left) uses a woman's camera to photographer her with a Cookie Monster character in New York's Times Square. A man in a Spider-Man costume was charged with assaulting a police officer after insisting on larger payment from a tourist.  (Associated Press)

NYPD fliers warn tourists about costumed characters

The New York City Police Department is warning tourists that they're not obligated to pay costumed characters, who have become notorious for harassing, and in some case assaulting, sightseers who refuse to tip them. Published August 10, 2014

James Barney Jr.,9,  was able to escape the jaws of a nine-foot, 400-pound alligator Thursday, causing authorities to go on a lake-wide hunt for the reptile. (ABC News)

Florida boy, 9, fights off 400-pound alligator

A 9-year-old Florida boy was able to escape the jaws of a nine-foot, 400-pound alligator Thursday, causing authorities to go on a lakewide hunt for the reptile. Published August 10, 2014

In this March 20, 2013 file photo, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks at the company's annual shareholders meeting, in Seattle, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Starbucks: We don't fund Israel

Starbucks is assuring customers that it does not provide any type of financial support to Israel or the Israeli army after an "uptick in false rumors" said otherwise. Published August 10, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat (Associated Press) **FILE**

Pelosi, too?: Africa a country, she says

One day after Vice President Joseph R. Biden said he wanted "the nation of Africa" to prosper, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appears to have deleted a tweet that called the continent a country. Published August 7, 2014